About

International House Philadelphia is the region's international center for arts, culture, educational and residential activities. Our three-fold mission is: to maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world while introducing them to the American experience; to broaden the horizons of its residents and the Greater Philadelphia community through high quality international arts and humanities programs, and to encourage understanding, respect, and cooperation among the people of all nations.


As a hub of international culture, International House Philadelphia presents hundreds of public programs throughout the year to Philadelphia-area residents, led by our renowned cinema program, Lightbox Film Center. Our programs often foster a global community by celebrating the world’s cultural diversity and exploring issues from an international perspective. Year after year, we continue our legacy of introducing international art and culture to Philadelphia, while acclimating our international residents to the American way of life. Beyond our well-known film program, International House Philadelphia hosts over 200 events each year including concerts, cultural celebrations, symposiums, receptions, and more.

An independent 501(c)3 organization, International House is located in the heart of University City, adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, which together enroll two-thirds of all international students studying in Philadelphia. With an extensive alumni network of thousands and philanthropic support from individuals, corporate partners, and foundations, International House continues to be the premiere presenter of international education, arts, and cultural events in Philadelphia.

We invite you to explore our website to, among other things, learn more about student housing at International House, sign up for language classes, read our quarterly program guide, and find out how to rent private event space.